~ Christmas Snowflakes ~ Excuses for not getting it finished…

You’ll probably look at this dress and think, “that’s all she has finished on it?” But I have an excuse, and a good one too… I was rescuing a guinea pig from a young girls science class so he didn’t have to spend Thanksgiving break all alone! Now, isn’t that about the best excuse you’ve ever heard… and it’s TRUE too! Peanut, the guinea pig at Sara’s (my little Columbian friend) school, needed to be taken home by some student so he could be cared for over break… well, guess who volunteered? Yep, Sara… She couldn’t bring him home on the bus because the cage was too big, so her mom called me and asked if I could pick Sara up and bring Peanut and her home. After all, it’s not every day you get to transport a guinea pig, is it? So that was my first excuse for not getting more sewing done…

My second excuse was I was helping my hubby with his sawzall… he was trying to replace the switch and needed another hand. Can you tell what this means?

Me neither… (that’s a diagram of all the wires he was replacing)… so I was mostly there for “moral support” and “holding the flashlight” which is a VERY important job! :o)

My third excuse was we decided this morning that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without friends coming over, so Wednesday evening (because my kids were off then) we are having them and Edgar, Alba and Sara over for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner… I was in the kitchen most of the day and probably will be tomorrow too… We are having Jean and Bithar over on Thursday for a Thanksgiving Dinner. I was doing things in double batches today… I made 2 double batches of corn casserole, and 2 Sweet Potato Souffles, plus did some prepping for tomorrow. This is my menu… Turkey, Corn Casserole (their favorite!) Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Beans, Company potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Kristoffer is making a Red Velvet cake and I’m going to try and make some cookies (in my spare time)… :o)

My fourth excuse was I had a zillion dishes to do from all the cooking I did… that took me quite a while.

Well, I guess you’d probably like to see some pictures now, wouldn’t you? I have the basic part of the dress all finished, it’s hand hemmed, and the snaps and buttons are sewn on the back.

I received the sweetest , daintiest, most delicate and sheer piece of embroidered batiste, (that I think must have come off a child’s dress), from Kathie a while back. I have wanted to use it on something special and I think Lian’s dress might be “it.” I haven’t cut it the right length because I wanted to make sure I was going to use it… before cutting into such a special piece of fabric. I think I’m going to make a sweet little pinafore for Lian’s dress. Then I’m thinking of having a separate lace belt that can be worn if the pinafore isn’t worn… just a thought…

Here’s one last look… I’m loving this color on Lian. Marilyn said something in her comments about Cranberries and Snowflakes…and as soon as I saw that I liked it, but I wouldn’t have enough spaces in my title on Ebay to include “Christmas” and “Red” (which needs to be added when someone is searching), so I just changed the Cranberries to Christmas… I think it works…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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My first Christmas dress of the season…

Well, sort of….it’s not entirely finished…actually, hardly started, but it’s going to be a sweet looking dress.

There were several things that kept me busy today, so sorry I never made it to your comments. It sounds like everyone is going to have a wonderful time whether they go anywhere or stay home. I love your traditions and the special things you all share with your families…thanks so much for sharing!

I guess you can see I got my computer fixed!!! I tried calling my satellite company and never could get through…so “who ya gonna call???” Kristoffer…that’s who!!! He helped me over the phone and I got back online!!! That son of ours is quite talented!!!

Would you like to see a few pictures of the first Christmas dress of the season? I asked who wanted the first Christmas dress and everyone shouted, “I do, I do,” but Lian just had a look on her face that won me over…it also helped that she looks so adorable in red!

I only have the dress cut out and the bodice and sleeves worked on. It’s pinned together but I hope you like it! I’ve had this snowflake fabric for a little while and think it’s so pretty. I was wondering who might end up with it… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A few Thanksgiving questions…

Please note*****
Charlotte Trayer brought something to my attention and I wanted to make it clear on here. She was reading the printed out recipe for the Sweet Potato Souffle I showed a few days ago, and noticed the 2nd to last line said “mix until mealy.” Actually that means the pecan and brown sugar mixture. That line should have come right after it said “mix all topping ingredients until mealy, and then sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
The topping is sprinkled just on top and not mixed in with the sweet potatoes… I’ve been making this for years and never noticed that line. Just follow my pictures…

Something happened to my satellite internet service Saturday morning and we haven’t been able to get connected. I’m writing this on my phone, but I’m not able to do anything else.
I’ll call Monday morning to see what is going on, and hopefully it will be a quick fix, but in the meantime I’m just going to have to ask you a few questions.

So everyone, fill us in if you want… here are a few questions to get you thinking…

Are you going somewhere for Thanksgiving?

Who thinks they are traveling the farthest?

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?

Who has their dolls dressed up in “Thanksgiving Attire?”

Can you recall a favorite Thanksgiving?

Well, that should be enough questions to keep you busy….
I hope things are back to normal on my end Tuesday morning…

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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How about a few more “lace up the front” dresses?

~*~ Just a quick reminder that Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress ends this evening on Ebay. You can see the listing by clicking on the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE and be taken to the auction. I hope you’ll take a peek…
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A few days ago I did a post on the many Felicity dresses I’ve created over the last 10 years. I’m not sure why, but that day I almost broke a record on the number of views from people looking at my blog. My record is 512 in a single day for THIS post… Felicity’s dresses boasted me a whopping 486 hits. I missed breaking that record by 27 hits. Oh well…

Several of you mentioned you loved the lace up fronts on several of Felicity’s dresses… That gave me an idea for today’s post. I had to do something simple because Saturday is our big International Thanksgiving Dinner. There was definitely no time for sewing yesterday and today so simple posts will have to suffice!

I actually could only think of just a few lace up front dresses, besides Felicity’s… So I was as thrilled as I hope you’ll be when you see all these new lace up front dresses… Some wonderfully sweet, some a bit on the “what was she thinking” when she made that…some with real lace up front ribbons; some with lace up front appliques! :o)

I hope you’ll enjoy these…

This last one was a special dress I made for Kirsten…

You remember me saying I LOVED this picture of Elizabeth showing off her long neck?

Well, I’m crazy about this picture of Kirsten too… Maybe it’s the way it was centered with that moon showing just above her head…

I hope you enjoyed those shots of my girls in lace up front dresses…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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